If you’ve found that you don’t have the time or inclination to give your home the cleaning it deserves, it may be time to bring a maid service in. Unlike the old days, when only the very rich were able to afford someone to come in and handle the chores, today’s cleaning crews are priced to be affordable for any family with a reasonable income. Of course, no matter how affordable the company is, you want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Here are some questions you should have answered before you make a decision about who to hire.
Do you have the proper insurance?
No matter if you’re hiring a home remodeler, a contractor, or a maid service, one of your primary areas of concern needs to be whether or not they are properly insured. When someone gets hurt on your property, liability can fall to you. If a company comes in with the proper insurance, you can be assured that you won’t be expected to come up with the money to pay hospital bills. While hiring a company with insurance isn’t going to necessarily protect you against a lawsuit if you have truly negligent areas in your home where a worker could be hurt, it is a must to protect yourself against accidents that aren’t your fault in any way.
Do you perform background checks?
One of the benefits of going through a legitimate maid service (as opposed to hiring an independent contractor out of the classifieds) is that it comes with some peace of mind. Of course, that peace of mind is only justified if the company performs background checks on their employees. It seems inconceivable that a company wouldn’t do this, but you never know. Better to ask questions now than to regret your decision later. This is especially important if you expect the cleaning crew to be in your home when you aren’t there.
What kinds of chemicals do you use?
Modern cleaning chemicals are not always safe for children and pets to be around. Again, you would hope that a professional maid service would be wise enough to use only products that pose no risk to the homeowner, but you can never be sure. It’s better to simply ask and have the information before a conflict arises down the road. If you have any allergies or a particular aversion to a chemical or cleaning product that is widely considered safe, make sure you let the company know ahead of time.